I’m so excited to complete our 2015 Holiday Home Tour series with a reveal of our kitchen updates. I’m also including a picture of the front of our home with our Holiday Home Outdoor Decor so keep scrolling!
We are NO WHERE near complete with the updates we want to do with this kitchen. It is a work in progress since we have a minimal budget. So far we’ve spent a couple hundred dollars and plan to add a new counter-top, molding on the soffit (that unusable space above the cabinets), new sink, new faucet and a back splash. We hope to have these other items completed sometime in 2016.
THE BEFORE: Dated appliances, chestnut cabinets, linoleum floors, bad lighting, yellowish/old paint. The more I think about it, I really can’t believe we bought this house looking like this. When we were shopping for our second home, the hubby saw this house before I did and already crossed it off our list. I asked to go see it anyway and told him this was the one. He was surprised but I guess the saying is true, ” Happy Spouse, Happy House” since we ended up buying this one!
THE Almost AFTER: We added hardwood floors throughout the main floor as soon as we bought the house along with new appliances. My brother worked for GE and provided us with the stainless steel refrigerator (he was selling his house at the time so he gave this to us totally FREE along with a GE front loading washer/dryer – we just had to pick up and haul ourselves!). So we purchased the matching GE dishwasher, the 5-burner gas range and hood. Everything else stayed the same until last month when we were able to paint.
THE AFTER: We painted the cabinets and added hardware to the doors & drawers. It is absolutely CRAZY how paint can transform a room and these pictures are proof. Check out the side-by-side Before & After picture below to see what I mean.
Before and After:
Here is an AFTER picture of the eat-in kitchen/breakfast room.
Here is a BEFORE of the Breakfast Room:
Here is that After picture again. I love our Pottery Barn pendant. All the other kitchen lights are recessed – which makes a cleaner look.
Here is a view from the family room/bay window.
We recently added the shelves over the wine rack in the corner (I know we need to restock on wine – I guess we’ve been drinking too much!). I’d love to make this a coffee bar/station some day but we also used it as a drink station on Thanksgiving when we had guests over.
Here is a view from the mudroom/hallway to the garage and Dining room.
The curtains are made from burlap fabric. I sewed a pocket for the curtain rod but left the rest with a raw edge and tied the sides with twine. It gives the space a rustic look, which is what I was going for.
Here is the Before & After again. I can’t wait to post pictures of the space once we add the back splash and counter-tops.
And… as promised, a picture of the front of our house decorated for the Holidays. We have a Colonial style home, very popular in Northern Virginia… this was not our first choice home but it’s close to what we wanted.
I made these trees on our front door step. I wish I could give credit to the blogger where I saw the tutorial to make this trees, but I made this from memory and cannot find it online anymore. Here’s what I did to make these trees: take tomato cages (we had 2 that I took from our garden), clip the wider ends to remove 1 circle, tie one end like a tee pee using a zip tie and stick the wider end in a pot. Paint the wire green. Once dry, wrap garland around starting from the top to the bottom. I added some pine cones and lights to mine and topped with a red ribbon. Each tree was $11 in supplies and I can reuse them every Christmas.
I hope you enjoyed my post, maybe you are looking for inspiration to paint your cabinets – I’ve only painted cabinets a handful of times and using a paint sprayer provides the best results. Refer to my post here for painting cabinets tips.
- Kitchen Chairs – here
- Bar Stools – here
- Kitchen Pendant – here
- Kitchen Table – Craiglist find, similar
- Open Shelving – Ikea
- Wine Rack Dresser – Home Goods
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